No doubt this green-tiled, street-corner pub was once a popular local for generations of workers at the Surrey Docks. The docks are no more, Bermondsey has gone up-market, and The Garrison, too, has moved with the times and has new owners. The pub’s 21st-century restyling comprises an idiosyncratic mix of decorative themes and antique knick-knacks. The place pulsates from breakfast through to the evening. Start the day with avocado on sourdough toast, porridge, or pancakes. At lunch there are ‘small plates’ – pumpkin, goats’ curd and radicchio salad, say, or larger dishes like lentil, apple and walnut Wellington. Desserts may include baked ricotta cheesecake or Bramley apple and blackberry crumble. In the evening check out the smoked haddock and leek brandade with croûton soldiers; followed by seared hake with curried celeriac, Swiss chard, crab bisque and lemon pickle. Menus change every couple of months; ales rotate more frequently.
Closed: 25 December
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 8am–11pm (Friday 8am to midnight Saturday 9am to midnight Sunday 9am–10.30pm)
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–3, Saturday 12–4, Sunday 12–9
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6–10.30, Sunday 12–9
Food and drink
Restaurant menu available
Credit cards accepted
Allowed in bar
From London Bridge tube station, east towards Tower Bridge 200 metres, right into Bermondsey Street. Pub in 100 metres.